Cape Air is expanding its originally seasonal schedule between St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico into a daily, year-round service between the two destinations.
Fares for flights start at $70 each way. Cape Air is operating the route with Cessna 402 twin-piston-engine, 10-seat aircraft.
Cape Air’s schedule for the route from July 1 is for its daily flight to depart Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX) on St. Croix at 9:40 a.m. and land at Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport (VQS) on Vieques at 10:03 a.m.
The return flight is timed to leave VQS at 10:25 a.m. and to reach STX at 10:48 a.m.
Originally, the service, which ran from December 11, 2011 through May 7, 2012, was slated to be seasonal only.
According to Cape Air, its decision to connect the two islands with daily flight service on a year-round basis was made after consideration of customer feedback, as well as requests from government and tourism leaders on St. Croix and Vieques.
“As both Vieques and St. Croix continue to grow as not only tourist destinations, but also commerce centers, we realized that providing inter-island service would benefit travelers and locals alike,” says Andrew Bonney, Cape Air’s vice president of planning. “It is important for us to be able to listen to the suggestions of our passengers, and respond quickly to meet those needs.”
“Cape Air showed their respect for the people of the Virgin Islands and Vieques with their quick response to my request to continue flights between St. Croix and Vieques,” remarks Senator Alicia “Chucky” Hansen, a member of the 29th Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands. “We are proud to have Cape Air as a good corporate partner to the Virgin Islands Government and the people of the Virgin Islands.”
Now in its 23rd year, Cape Air annually flies more than 650,000 passengers to destinations throughout the world including New England, New York, the Caribbean, Florida, the U.S. Mid-Atlantic states, the U.S. Midwest states and Micronesia.
With a fleet of 70 Cessna 402s and two ATR 42 turboprops, the employee-owned company operates up to 600 flights a day.
Based in Hyannis, Massachusetts, Cape Air also operates flights under the Nantucket Airlines brand.
In addition, Cape Air has ticket and baggage agreements with most major airlines.